The blanket answer to the issue of divorce among military couples is to create more resources. These couples could absolutely use more counseling, funded support groups, and adequate benefits; all these programs would probably help lower the divorce rate. But no program or initiative can compare to having a supportive community. Being surrounded by a group of people, which includes other spouses who understand your struggles, is priceless. An ear to hear and a hand to hold go much further than any program. It can also be beneficial for couples facing difficult circumstances to get involved in a faith-based organization. A good religious community can offer support during hard times. As an Individual If you are in a military family, you need to plug into these support groups, but you also need to have the right attitude. Accept the life you are living; don’t fight it. Wishing you lived somewhere else or that your spouse had a civilian job isn’t going to help you – it will only serve to frustrate you and create resentment. Expect challenges, but also learn to appreciate the benefits of military life: the places you’ve been, the friends you’ve made, and the moments you’ve experienced. Divorce among military couples may never go away completely, but there’s a lot that can be done to reduce the number of failed marriages. If you’re in a military marriage, you are not alone in your circumstances, and you don’t have to feel like you are. Seek out the support you need to help your marriage thrive.
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